Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Florida governor signs state hemp program into law

After months of preparation, the state of Florida is ready to move ahead with commercial hemp production under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said hemp in Florida is needed to help farmers harmed by hurricanes and diseases that have affected citrus, the state’s largest commodity. Hurricane Michael […]

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USDA: Hemp production rules will be ready by August

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it will complete federal rules for domestic hemp production by August. Although states and tribes began submitting their plans to the USDA for review starting the day after the 2018 Farm Bill was signed in December, the agency said in February it wouldn’t finalize rules until the 2020 growing season. Under […]

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New York, New Jersey close to expanding hemp, CBD opportunities

New York and New Jersey lawmakers want to make it easier to grow hemp and sell CBD products. Legislators in both states sent bills to their respective governors making their states friendlier to hemp businesses. The measures both authorize CBD foods and dietary supplements. Rampant confusion in New York City, where health authorities pulled some […]

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Congress urges FDA to get going on CBD in foods, dietary supplements

Congress is joining calls from the hemp industry for federal health regulators to tell CBD manufacturers how to put the product in food and dietary supplements. The U.S. House approved a budget amendment Thursday setting aside money for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set a “safe level for conventional foods and dietary […]

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FDA extends deadline for public comments on CBD rules

U.S. health regulators are giving hemp entrepreneurs and the public more time to weigh in on looming CBD rules. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in an announcement posted Thursday that comments will be accepted until July 16, two weeks longer than before. The FDA forbids the use of CBD in ingestible products such as food […]

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Minnesota hemp farmer faces felony charges for plants with too much THC

A Minnesota hemp farmer faces two felony charges after a traffic stop led to authorities seizing his hemp products and finding elevated THC levels. Luis Hummel, who owns 5th Sun Gardens in Lanesboro, Minnesota, haves felony drug-possession charges for growing the seized hemp, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The plants tested at 3% THC, […]

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Dosing, drug interactions top FDA’s questions about CBD as review continues

The regulators in charge of U.S. policy on CBD are giving the industry a first look at federal concerns as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) starts work looking at how cannabinoids can be used in food, drugs and dietary supplements. Dr. Amy Abernethy and Lowell Schiller, who lead the FDA’s new work group […]

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Judge denies South Dakota tribe’s request to grow hemp this year

The American Indian tribe that’s suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over delayed hemp regulations will have to wait until the lawsuit is concluded or the agency approves its hemp production plan, a federal judge has ruled. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe requested a temporary restraining order against the USDA and a preliminary injunction […]

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Louisiana legalizes hemp farming but bans smokable hemp and limits CBD sales

Louisiana has finally legalized hemp production and CBD sales – with caveats. The state is putting limits on the kinds of CBD products that can be sold, and farmers will have to wait until 2020 to grow legal hemp. CBD retailers in Louisiana will have to get licenses from the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco […]

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Minnesota hemp farmer suing state for revoking his license

Just as the hemp farming season gets underway, a Minnesota hemp farmer is claiming in a federal lawsuit that the state violated his constitutional rights by revoking his growing license and ordering him to destroy his crop. Luis Hummel, who runs 5th Sun Gardens in Lanesboro, Minnesota, filed suit after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture […]

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FDA hearing ‘little bit like a first date’: Q&A with ATACH co-founder Michael Bronstein

As the hemp and CBD industry navigates the regulatory roller coaster resulting from the much-celebrated 2018 Farm Bill, the unknowns can cause anxiety for even the most confident of businesspeople. That’s why it’s invaluable to have guidance and perspective from those who know the legal landscape. Michael Bronstein, who co-founded the American Trade Association for […]

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